A fascinating study that shows a clear link between a community’s “social capital” and its rate of opioid overdoses. The study was able to quantify “social capital” for a community and compare that to mortality due to drug overdose.
This link is to the abstract (which is included below). Particularly striking is the conclusion: “This study finds large-sample evidence that social capital protects communities against drug overdose. This finding could help guide policymakers in identifying where overdose epidemics are likely to occur and how to ameliorate them.”
This study appears to contain an important finding for policymakers, regulators, law enforcement and communities to take into account when designing strategies to address the opioid crisis.